November 5, 2014 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics exhibited at the 2014 Turbine Engine Technology Symposium (TETS) tradeshow held in Dayton Ohio, September 8th through the September 10th, 2014. TETS is a biennial forum where the United States' turbine engine community gathers to review and discuss the latest turbine engine technology advances. Attendees of the conference included approximately 1000 representatives from aircraft engine manufactures, airframe manufactures, component and system suppliers, research universities and DOD personnel. At the conference Prime Photonics exhibited the fiber optic -based FOCIS™ gas turbine sensor product line and gave a live demonstration of the FOCIS™-based Foreign Object Damage (FOD) detection and gas turbine blade health monitoring system. In addition to the FOCIS™ products, Prime Photonics, CEO Steve Poland, and Engineers Malcolm Laing and Todd Pickering, discussed the new technologies that Prime Photonics is developing including its Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) technology for subsurface flaw detection and surface acoustic wave-based high temperature sensors, as well as the upcoming additions to the FOCIS™ gas turbine sensor product line.
October 14, 2014 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics received the Best Demonstration Award at the 2014 Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society Conference held in Dallas, September 29 – October 2, 2014. At the conference Prime Photonics demonstrated their fiber optic sensor-based FOCIS™ Foreign Object Damage (FOD) detection and gas turbine blade health monitoring system. The demonstration, conducted by Senior Engineer Chris Westcott, utilized a projectile (Airsoft pellet) fired into an enclosed high speed Electric Ducted Fan (EDF). FOCIS™ sensors provide data from the fan during operation, and Prime Photonics proprietary software algorithms use the data to identify the impacted blade. In the demo, impact location was verified with a high-speed digital camera. After the live demo, Mr. Westcott then provided an overview of how the results are produced and challenged the audience to accurately predict future demonstration impacts.
June 5, 2013 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics, LC, announced today that Pentair Thermal Management will begin offering the Prime Photonics fiber optic-based FOCIS™ Turbine Blade Tip Timing product line as an addition to the existing Capacisense product offerings. Also included in the 3-way partnership is EDAS, Inc., a leading supplier of high cycle fatigue and vibration test solutions and provider of blade tip timing software solutions.
March 14, 2014 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics, LC, announced today that it has been selected for a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award by NASA to develop devices based on its novel magnetothermal-powered pump technology. The Prime Photonics technology requires no electricity to operate, resulting in thermal-powered fluidic pumps that can be used in a wide range of thermal control applications ranging from solar cells to advanced microelectronic devices. The Phase II project was one of 98 selected nationwide by NASA.
December 13, 2012 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics, LC, announced today that it has been identified by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) for participation in the State Trade and Export Promotion Grant (STEP) program. Limited to 16 participants from eligible Virginia companies, the goal of the STEP program is to help small businesses generate new export revenues and create new jobs in Virginia.